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‘Beautiful before, amazing now’: windows restored, blessed at Sacred Heart, Moline

The Resurrection window, which was sponsored by the people of Sacred Heart Church in Moline, can be seen by standing in front of the altar and looking toward the choir loft. It is Father Mark DeSutter's favorite stained glass window in the church and he said it is really striking when the sun is in the south during the winter. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

MOLINE — It was hard not to look up at the newly restored windows at Sacred Heart Church here during Mass on Oct. 10. The liturgy that afternoon and those that followed the next morning celebrated the completion of the yearlong project, which involved 34 of the church’s 52 windows. Father Mark DeSutter, pastor, blessed […]

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Catholic schools adapt, students happy to be “in person” at end of first quarter

Led by Father Matthew Deptula, pastor, the children in Katie Grivetti's kindergarten class at St. Edward School in Chillicothe show Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka how they can make the sign of the cross. Bishop Tylka visited each classroom during his vist on Oct. 13, the feast of St. Edward. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Administrators at Catholic schools in the Diocese of Peoria admitted to having some concerns about the pandemic as they welcomed students back for in-person instruction in August, but as the first quarter ended last week they said the students are happy and doing well — masks included. “We couldn’t be happier,” said Mike Domico, principal […]

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Delayed Chrism Mass celebrated; holy oils are blessed, priests renew their promises

Father Don Roszkowski, assistant chaplain at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, presents the Oil of the Sick at the Chrism Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral on Oct. 20. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Despite the fact that for many this is still a “painful time of quarantine,” the good news is that the faith of the Catholic Church has not been quarantined, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, said as he celebrated the Chrism Mass on Oct. 20 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. “Our hope has not been […]

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The family of Archbishop Myers remembers the generosity, laughter of “Parent No. 3”

The siblings of Archbishop John J. Myers gathered for one last family photo at the entrance to the Bishops' Mausoleum at St. Mary's Cemetery in West Peoria on Oct. Sept. 30. They are (clockwise from left) Bill Myers, Loretta Malley, Larry Myers, Don Myers, Mary Didier and Elizabeth Myers. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Laughter frequently accompanies memories when the family of Archbishop John J. Myers talks about their brother John, Uncle John and “Bishop Uncle John.” There are a few other names for the late archbishop that are reserved to brothers and sisters only and won’t be shared here, although they are used lovingly and with great joy. […]

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Bishop Tylka welcomed into the family at St. John Paul II Catholic Newman Center

Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka smiles as he talks about his collection of Chicago Blackhawks jerseys, sweatshirts and t-shirts and how he instructed his sister and nephew from New Jersey to put one on if they wanted to go to a game with him. In the same way, we must put on Christ if we hope to live as a disciple, he said during his visit to St. John Paul II Catholic Newman Center in Normal on Oct. 11. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

NORMAL — Family is an important concept at St. John Paul II Catholic Newman Center, and Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka was welcomed into that family when he celebrated Mass here on Oct. 11. It marked his first official visit to a Newman Center in the Diocese of Peoria since his episcopal ordination on July 23. […]

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Our Lady of Lourdes grotto is blessed at St. John Paul II Catholic Newman Center

As Father Geoff Horton and Father Chase Hilgenbrinck look on, Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka blesses the new grotto dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes at the St. John Paul II Catholic Newman Center in Normal. His visit on Oct.11 included an outdoor Mass, "COVID-safe" brown bag lunch, and opportunity to meet the students, alumni and their parents. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

NORMAL — Our Lady of Lourdes has kept a loving eye on the students and staff of the St. John Paul II Catholic Newman Center since long before it was known by that title. Now her presence can be felt in a new way. Over the summer a grotto in her honor was built in […]

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Backyard grotto is a peaceful place of prayer as Dr. Michele Couri fights illness

Dr. Michele Couri sits in the new grotto that was built over the summer in a wooded area in back of her house in Peoria. The statue of Mary and Jesus was carved in Lebanon. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

In a wooded area in the back of her north Peoria home, Dr. Michele Couri finds the peace she needs to face challenges big and small, with help from the Virgin Mary, the Child Jesus and St. Sharbel. It comes in the form of a grotto constructed over the summer by a family friend, Patrick […]

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Stops in Ottawa, Oglesby end vicariate phase of Bishop Tylka’s “Welcome Tour”

As Father John Bosco Mujuni (left) looks on, Father Gary Blake welcomes Coadjutor Louis Tylka to the LaSalle Vicariate Oct. 4. The celebration was held at Holy Family in Oglesby, where Father Blake is pastor. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

With joy and some sadness, Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka brought his “Welcome Tour” to an end with Masses of Thanksgiving at St. Columba Church in Ottawa on Oct. 3 and Holy Family Church in Oglesby on Oct. 4. The Ottawa and LaSalle vicariates were the last of the Diocese of Peoria’s 12 vicariates to host […]

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October’s Respect Life Month activities adapting to the challenges of 2020

40 Days for Life participants pray outside the former abortion clinic in Peoria in this file photo. October is Respect Life Month. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

With the cancellation of such traditional October events as the Respect Life Dinner in Peoria and the Pastors Pro-life Dinner in Galesburg due to concerns over COVID-19, Respect Life Month will look a little different this year. Rather than looking at what we can’t do, however, Father William Miller prefers to look at what can […]

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Indian Catholics in Bloomington host Our Lady of Good Health celebration

The statue of Our Lady of Good Health is carried through St. Patrick Church of Merna in Bloomington by (clockwise from left) Rex Allwyn, Joe Anantham, Maria Jin Lazer and Jerald Andrews (partially obstructed). (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

BLOOMINGTON — In many ways, people who are sick have no more control over their illness than St. Patrick Church of Merna had over the rain that caused the cancellation of an outdoor eucharistic procession planned for the Feast of Our Lady of Good Health. “I think the peace comes in recognizing, even in looking […]

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